Keith A. Smith – Independence

Keith A. Smith, 73, of Independence, IA died on Tuesday August 17, 2021, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA.

Keith was born on February 22, 1948, in Cedar Rapids, IA the son of Verlan and Twylah (Huston) Smith. He was a 1966 graduate of Independence High School. He attended Greenville College and the Iowa State University to pursue a business degree. On July 23, 1968, he entered the United States Army. He served proudly with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam until July 1, 1970. He returned to Iowa and married Linda G. Andersen on August 19, 1972. Together they made their home in rural Independence, were Keith farmed for many years.

He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Linda Smith, Independence, IA, his sons, Geoffry (Lina) Smith, Sarasota, FL, Ben (Erin Rubenstein) Smith, Waconia, MN, and Keith “Chip” (Stacy) Smith Jr., Fargo, ND, his grandchildren; Mira Smith, Sami Smith, Liam & Luke Rubenstein, Keith Smith III “Trey”, Jett Smith , a sister, Karen (Bob) Stewart, St. Louis, MO, two brothers, Gary (Susan) Smith Shoreview, MN, and Dean (Sue) Smith, Hampton, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

Keith is preceded in death by his parents, Verlan and Twylah Smith, and Junior and Lila Andersen, and a granddaughter, Nadia Smith in 2009.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday August 21, 2021, at the Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence, IA, with Rev. Robert Solon presiding. Burial will be held at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, IA. Visitation will be held from 4 PM until 8 PM on Friday August 20th at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence.

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